During this national emergency, CASA Lake County continues to support children and families as best as we can, while still following the state and federal government orders. We have increased our communication with children receiving our advocacy services and their foster parents whenever possible through phone and web-based platforms. We are working to provide families with as many local resources as we can find to help ensure that children’s basic needs are met, including food, clothing, safe housing, and more. Additionally, we are sharing educational tools and ideas for activities during the stay-at-home order to help make this time less stressful and more advancing of family bonds and relationships. We know that children who have been abused and neglected need as much structure and consistency as possible, especially in times of stress, so we are empowering children and families through a strengths-based and trauma-informed perspective, and we will continue to do so no matter what external complications may exist in the world.
None of this would be possible without our incredible CASA volunteer advocates, who passionately dedicate themselves to advocating for the children in their cases for months and even years, no matter what happens in their children’s lives. Our Advocate Managers are connecting with CASA volunteers to help answer questions, provide information and support, and trouble-shoot issues with our children’s legal cases.